December 11, 2012
TORONTO, Dec. 11 – Bill Appelbe, an international leader in advanced computing for research and development, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Compute Canada – Calcul Canada, officials announced today.
Appelbe will relocate to Toronto from Victoria, Australia, where he founded the Victoria Partnership for Advanced Computing (VPAC) and established it as one of Australia’s top independent service providers of advanced computing services to the R&D sector. His position with Compute Canada – Calcul Canada will commence on January 7, 2013.
“Bill Applebe is our choice to become the inaugural CEO of Compute Canada and I am pleased to welcome him to the organization. He has demonstrated a deep understanding and appreciation of the role of research and innovation and his expertise in managing large national programs and collaborative projects was a key factor in seeking him out,” said Don Hathaway, Board Chair of Compute Canada – Calcul Canada. “I would also like to thank Jill Kowalchuk for her support as Interim Executive Director, which enabled Compute Canada – Calcul Canada to lay the groundwork for the phase following incorporation.”
Appelbe brings more than 34 years of experience spanning the public and private sectors. He has worked at the University of California, San Diego, was an Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Department Head and Professor at RMIT University in Australia. Appelbe’s research interests include parallel programming tools, software engineering, and software frameworks.
Appelbe has had a founding or ongoing role in several national and international advanced computing companies and consortia in the last decade including the AutoCRC, an Australian collaborative research centre for the manufacturing and automotive sector; the Australian Collaborative Research Service, a national Australian provider of research services to the academic research sector; and the NSF Center for Computational Infrastructure in Geodynamics. Appelbe has also been a member of, and currently is chair of, Cybera’s International Strategic Advisory Committee in Alberta. In addition, he has been employed or funded by companies and organizations including IBM, HP, Sun Microsystems, Los Alamos, and Motorola.
“Compute Canada – Calcul Canada is in a very exciting time right now and I see great opportunities to establish the organization as an internationally-recognized platform for supporting innovation and research,” said Appelbe. “I am looking forward to working with Compute Canada – Calcul Canada’s regional and government partners, universities and research institutes and industry, to further develop our advanced computing resources, expertise, and services for the benefit of all Canadians.”
Appelbe has an honours BSc from Monash University and an MASc and PhD from the University of British Columbia.
About Compute Canada
Compute Canada is Canada’s national platform of supercomputing resources, bringing together computer and data facilities, computational expertise, and hundreds of academic researchers to tackle some of Canada’s biggest research challenges. Compute Canada has built a user community across Canada in disciplines ranging from the sciences and engineering to arts and humanities. Each year, Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Committee awards resources to Canadian research projects, which are selected based on their scientific merit.
Source: Compute Canada
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